How to use Alexa Guard To Protect your Home -Amazon just released Alexa Guard to all Echo users. Your Echo can now listen for breaking glass, alert you to smoke alarms, turn your lights on and off and inform you of other breach in your home.
If an Echo hears a window break, it can send you an alert to your phone along with a live video feed if you have an Echo with a camera on it, like the Echo Show. An alert includes a 10-second audio recording of the glass breaking and anything else the Echo heard, but it otherwise doesn’t listen unless you speak Alexa again.
It will also send alerts if a smart smoke alarm or carbon monoxide alarm goes off. If you configure it, Guard can also automatically turn on smart lights at certain times while you’re away, and it will automatically turn them on and off on a schedule as if you’re home.
Once enabled, you activate by telling Alexa “I’m leaving” and de-activate by saying “I’m home.”
How to use Alexa Guard To Protect your Home.
- Open the Alexa app on your phone.
- Tap the menu button on the top left.
- Choose “Settings.”
- Choose “Guard.”
- Tap “Set up Guard.”
- Tap “Add” to detect smart smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
- Tap “Add” to activate smart alerts for detecting the sound of broken glass.
- Choose “Add” again to activate smart lighting.
- Enter your zip code, so smart lighting knows when to turn on.
- Choose “Confirm.”
Alexa Guard isn’t a monitored security system. Amazon spells that out multiple times in its FAQ:
Alexa Guard is not a replacement for an alarm system or life safety device and cannot contact emergency services, such as the police or fire department, on your behalf. Smart Alerts are provided for informational purposes only.
If you subscribe to ADT or use Amazon’s Ring alarm system, Guard can automatically send alerts to professionals so that authorities arrive if a break-in is detected. If you don’t have these systems, Alexa Guard won’t call the police, it’ll just notify you of a potential break-in.
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